Mark Dayton

The 40th governor of Minnesota. He is a great-grandson of businessman George Dayton, the founder of Dayton's, which became Target Corp. He was Minnesota's Democratic U.S. senator from 2001 to 2007 and state auditor from 1991 to 1995.

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Minnesota State Auditor 1991-95

U.S. Senator 2001-07


Divorced, two sons


Blake School, Yale University



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130 State Capitol, 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155




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Marathon meeting with Dayton yields new hope for medical marijuana

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 14 2014 - 8:43 AM

Wrapped in a body cast as he recovers from hip surgery, Gov. Mark Dayton was on the phone Thursday with reporters, laying out all the reasons he remained opposed to the legalization of medical...

Half of Dayton's tax cuts help Minnesota businesses

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 7 2014 - 10:34 AM

Nearly half of the tax cuts Gov. Mark Dayton proposed Thursday are for businesses and their owners, a move that may reduce the anti-business criticism that has dogged him.Dayton proposed — and...

Gov. Dayton seeks bigger tax cuts in new budget

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 6 2014 - 8:51 PM

DFLers have moved into a tax-cutting frenzy at the State Capitol.Gov. Mark Dayton says he now wants to cut taxes by more than $616 million, up from the $500 million initially proposed by House DFLers....

Dayton approval rating at its highest, Minnesota Poll finds

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 16 2014 - 4:15 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton heads into re-election with the highest job approval rating of his term, according to a new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll.The poll found that 58 percent of Minnesotans think Dayton is...

Gov. Dayton's hip surgery a success, staff says

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 10 2014 - 4:02 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton underwent a successful operation at Mayo Clinic on Monday to repair a tendon that detached from his hip, his office says.“The surgery went great,” said Matt Swenson, a...

Dayton, union push for rail safety

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 7 2014 - 11:37 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday proposed initiatives to enhance railroad safety on the same day that rail workers protested Canadian Pacific’s safety practices by picketing its U.S. headquarters...

Dayton picks chief of staff Tina Smith for running mate

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 5 2014 - 9:30 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton upended the dynamics in the race for governor Tuesday, selecting chief of staff Tina Smith to be his running mate as the DFLer begins his campaign for a second term.In making his...

Dayton Super Bowl trip canceled

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 28 2014 - 5:04 PM

There will be no Super Bowl XLVIII trip for Gov. Mark Dayton after all.Dayton, a DFLer, had planned to fly to the New York area this weekend to pitch Minnesota's bid to win the 2018 Super Bowl but on...

Eager Dayton kicks off campaign to land 2018 Super Bowl in Mpls.

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 28 2014 - 6:27 AM

With a new Minnesota Vikings stadium now being built, Gov. Mark Dayton turned Monday to the National Football League to make good on a vague promise to give the state a second Super Bowl.The governor...

Cost of Dayton's Super Bowl visit to be paid by state

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 27 2014 - 5:51 PM

The state will be paying Gov. Mark Dayton's way to this weekend's Super Bowl in the New York area, Dayton's spokesman said"He's going out there to bring the Super Bowl back to Minnesota,"...

Dayton on audit: 'I wish we would never make mistakes but we’re human"

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 17 2014 - 5:30 PM

DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday acknowledged that he erred by taking a campaign employee along on a state airplane trip and pledged he would not repeat the error."It was a technical violation of...

Audit: Dayton misused plane

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 17 2014 - 5:33 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton broke state law by bringing a campaign staffer along on the state plane for a 2012 trip to promote DFL candidates, according to a long-awaited audit released Thursday.“Since...

Dayton wants $1 billion in building money

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 16 2014 - 5:46 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton wants Minnesota to fund $1 billion in construction projects across the state to bolster civic centers, theaters, college and university buildings and roads.The costliest projects on...

Dayton says MNsure fell 'far short of the mark'

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 11 2014 - 7:17 AM

Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday that he believes Minnesotans deserve a “reckoning” for the problems with the MNsure website, but he’s not ready yet to point fingers of blame.“The...

Great Pick for PUC

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 8 2014 - 12:04 PM

In the first week of the year, with the mercury fighting to break its way out of the bottom of the thermometer, it's a fitting time for Governor Dayton to make an important appointment to the...

Dayton slams IBM for failures with MNsure website

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 4 2014 - 6:48 AM

A little more than a week before Minnesotans faced the first deadline to purchase coverage under the new health law, Gov. Mark Dayton fired off an angry letter to the chief executive of IBM Corp., in...

Dayton defends MNsure chief’s vacation

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 17 2013 - 7:26 PM

While Minnesota’s new health insurance exchange was scrambling toward a crucial deadline, its director was on a tropical vacation.MNsure Director April Todd-Malmlov took a two-week trip to...

Gov. Dayton frets over MNsure glitches

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 12 2013 - 5:28 AM

Worries about Minnesota’s new online health insurance marketplace are keeping Gov. Mark Dayton awake at night.The state has just three weeks to get the MNsure site ready for Jan. 1, when...

Dayton eyes tax cuts with projected $1 billion state surplus

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 6 2013 - 6:48 AM

Buoyed by news of a projected $1 billion state budget surplus, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton said Thursday he is prepared to seek millions of dollars in tax reductions.The projected surplus is part of an...

Nov. 14: Dayton suspends sex-offender discharges

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 30 2013 - 10:13 PM

Lashing out at what he called the “political circus” surrounding the proposed release of a violent serial rapist from the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered state...

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